You are here

Graduate School Resources for Master's Students

Graduate School Workshop Series for Master’s Students

See what other master's students gained from the workshops:

Each semester, The Graduate School offers several workshops specifically designed for students in the school’s research master’s programs as part of the Professional Development Series. Master’s students are also welcome at most other events offered as part of the Professional Development Series.

Fall 2020 Events

  • Friday, August 21, 2020
    2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

    What Can I Do with a Graduate Degree? Identifying My Transferable Skills

    This workshop will help you identify the transferable skills you’ve already developed in graduate school or your postdoc experience, brainstorm opportunities to continue growing your skills, and connect with tools to help you plan for further development.

  • Thursday, September 10, 2020
    2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

    Presenting Yourself in a Virtual Environment: A Workshop - Cancelled

    This workshop aims to help graduate students and postdocs build confidence in virtual environments, including class discussions, individual and group presentations, and technical and behavioral interviews. We’ll begin the session with an overview of best practices, followed by opportunities to put your learning into practice and get peer feedback in small-group breakouts. Get individualized tips on how to improve your online presence in this camera-on Zoom workshop. This workshop has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

  • Friday, September 11, 2020
    2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

    Making the Most of LinkedIn, the Duke Alumni Network, and Informational Interviews

    Learn how to leverage the Duke Alumni Network together with LinkedIn to maximize your career research and possibilities for connections. Find out how you can put that knowledge into action through informational interviews with professionals in organizations and careers of interest.

  • Thursday, September 17, 2020
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Developing Your Personal Leadership Brand

    In this workshop, you will learn how to determine your destination and create your map by defining your purpose, values and principles through development of a Leadership Brand.  Besides providing you with a “life compass,” this will differentiate you from others and allow you to present yourself in a consistent manner to everyone with whom you interact and lead.  Learn why you need a Leadership Brand and what it can do for you.

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020
    1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

    Preparing Ph.D. Applications: A Workshop for Master’s Students

    Master's students can pursue many options after graduation. If you’re considering applying to Ph.D. programs, join us for a workshop that will provide insight into the decision-making processes of doctoral admissions committees. Learn how to tailor your application to the institution and compete successfully in this workshop.

List of Past Workshops

Professional Development Resources for Master's Students

Joy Javits facilitates an elevator pitch workshop for graduate studentsStudents in research master’s programs in The Graduate School can take advantage of many Duke programs and resources to support their career and professional development. Here are some of the top resources of interest to master’s students offered by The Graduate School and campus partners.

  1. The Duke University Career Center is an excellent first stop, particularly for those students who are considering a summer internship. Get started with the Career Center’s guide to internships for new master’s students.
  2. Developing transferable skills such as communication, leadership, and self-awareness can benefit master’s students whether they plan to work or continue their education after graduation. The Graduate School offers a workshop series each semester focused on the needs of master’s students.
  3. In collaboration with the The Graduate School, Thompson Writing Studio offers writing support for graduate students, including individual writing consultations.
  4. The Professional Development Series focuses on transferable skills and the full range of career paths available to master’s- and PhD-prepared professionals.
  5. Teaching Ideas workshops focus on topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths.
  6. The Emerging Leaders Institute, offered each spring, aims to increase participants’ competencies in communication, leadership, self-awareness, professional adaptability, and interdisciplinary teamwork.
  7. The Professional Development Grant provides up to $2,000 for discipline-specific professional development activities hosted by departments and programs. Proposals are due October 15 each year.
  8. Students who will be working closely with a faculty mentor can benefit from the resources of the Cultivating a Culture of Mentoring website.
  9. Improve your LinkedIn profile and connections and access other online resources to continue your professional development 24/7.
  10. Leverage the Duke Alumni Network to find alumni who may be able to help you grow your network and explore career options.
  11. Read about your colleagues’ professional development and contribute a post of your own to the Professional Development Blog.
  12. Keep track of upcoming career and professional development events.



Melissa Bostrom, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Professional Development
Duke University Graduate School